Adam Void - Floodplain: manmade

3:27, 2013, Experimental
Filmed on a handheld VHS-C, edited in-camera, and transferred to digital through webcam, Floodplain: Manmade presents the viewpoint of the poor, non-tech savvy, populist rebellion in video art.
The film explores a drainage ditch underneath the Southern US arts town of Asheville, NC. The viewer journeys downstream with trash, graffiti, and gravity towards a "light at the end of the tunnel" we may never reach.

The Website Vandalog calls Floodplain: Manmade: an intentionally low-fi video-diary-like series of clips shot with handheld cameras

You Tube calls Floodplain: Manmade: homeless campfires, poison ivy, crawling ants. the river flows through everything. underground. under strip malls. bad kids club. liquid courage.

DirectorAdam VoidProducerVhs-cWriterTimeCameraAdam VoidEditorAdam VoidComposerFound Cassette Tape of Thunderstorms

CountryUSAEdition2013 BudgetNo budgetScreeningsVandalog.com
Fitness Center for Arts & Tactics - Bushwick BK NYC

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What is Floodplain: Manmade about?
It"s a journey underneath the streets, through drainage ditches from tract homes, under interstates, and past strip malls. Conversations between lone travelers and man-made nature. Water & Politics.

How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
I grew up in the age of VHS, and remember many events in my past with the aid of handheld video cameras. The camera that filmed Floodplain: Manmade was bought during high-school at the flea market across the street from my home. Through the years I have filmed punk shows, kids breaking things, comedic fake-police skits, and graveyard sex. That was all in the past. The film is somewhere.

Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
For the last four to five years: visual rhythms, analog to digital backwash, graffiti, dérive-like drift, linear in-camera editing, color fields.

How long do you usually work on one project?
I will prepare and plan on-and-off for a month or two, and then film for a day. Soon thereafter, I usually cut back into the film, recording still images or working with creating an interesting sound and image alignment.
The whole process is very short and spontaneous.

How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?
My recent video production has been linked to creating visuals for my noise sound-art recordings. The films do not reference traditional music video history or aesthetic, instead they follow Stan Brakhage"s brutal collage film leadership with additional audio-wreckage. Floodplain: Manmade was originally produced with a noise soundtrack, but was later replaced with calmer. More contemplative audio from a found cassette tape field recording of a thunderstorm.

What possibilities of the web are yet to be explored?
Alter-webs, high-level mischief, deleting the world monetary system, implanted technology for humans.

Did the web changed your view on art, or your career?
Now, thanks to the internet, people all over the world can see images of my Art. My paintings, books, prints, drawings, stickers, and even my VHS-C tapes all still exist on a very site-specific material plain. Everyone should experience life in person.

What is your next project about?
I am currently working on a collaborative video project via internet data transfer. It"s theme is "Pass the Buck."
The majority of my shots involve fake currency from counterfeits to funny money.

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